For the first time in more than two months, India’s number of corona infections has fallen below 100,000.
In the past 24 hours, 86,498 cases have been registered, the Indian health authorities announced on Tuesday. About 29 million inhabitants have been infected since the start of the pandemic.
The number of corona deaths rose by 2123 and now stands at more than 350,000. India is one of the hardest-hit countries in the world by the coronavirus, and only the US has more infections.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a televised speech on Monday that all adult Indians can be vaccinated against corona for free from June 21. The federal government will also take over the vaccination policy of the federal states.
Under current policy, the federal government only provides free inoculations to the elderly and key caregivers. Vaccinating adults between the ages of 18 and 45 are left to the federal and private hospitals, which may charge a fee.